The Chase Is On! Superhero Logano Visits Alabama As Part Of NASCAR’s “Chase Across North America;” Readies For Talladega

Kids from Children’s Hospital of Alabama Present Driver with Bead of Courage for Good Luck

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TALLADEGA, AL – Joey Logano, one of the 16 Challengers for the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, made a pit stop in Birmingham earlier today to visit with kids – who proclaimed him a “Superhero” - from the Children’s Hospital of Alabama. While there he talked about NASCAR’s revamped Chase, which includes the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, Oct. 19.

Logano was one of 16 “Chase Across North America” drivers participating in events within the U.S., Canada and Mexico Wednesday. The driver of the No. 22 Ford for Team Penske and winner of three races this season enters the 10-race playoff seeded fifth for the first race of The Chase this weekend in Chicago.

“I think the Chase Across North America is a pretty fun experience,” said the 24-year-old Logano, who donned his colorful Shell/Pennzoil uniform during his visit with the kids. “I had a great time with the kids at the Children’s Hospital of Alabama. They gave me a “bead of courage” for good luck, and coming from them, it really means something to me. They create necklaces with colorful beads to tell their story of courage along their path of treatment. It’s really special to receive.”

The day was a part of the Hospital’s month-long “Celebrating our Superheroes” program, in which the kids presented Logano with the special “bead of courage,” a special, meaningful symbol that was pinned his uniform for good luck in the upcoming Chase races. During the day, Logano made personal visits with patients and their families, as well as participated in activities with the kids that included building wooden toy cars, complete with Talladega Superspeedway stickers.

Behind the wheel at NASCAR’s mammoth 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway, Logano has shown he has the strength and “courage” of a superhero to compete for wins. The GEICO 500 will be the final race of the all-important “Contender Round” of the Chase, which will narrow the field of eligible drivers from 12 to eight for the championship.  He has a pair of top-five Sprint Cup Series results at NASCAR’s Most Competitive track, including a third in the 2009 GEICO 500. Earlier this year in May, he was a frontrunner, leading four times for 25 laps before being involved in a late-race accident which wiped away his chances at that elusive Cup Talladega triumph.

“I think Talladega is so exciting for the fans,” said Logano, who actually has a win and three runner-up finishes in Nationwide Series races at Talladega. “There is always action at Talladega. We are going 200 mph all the way around. It’s just all-out. It’s like ‘Wow’ for me. The cars are always in big packs. Towards the end of the race, the intensity levels boils over bigtime and you start pushing and banging each other’s doors off a little bit harder, then something big happens. Don’t know what will happen, but you can bet something big will. The fans are drawn to Talladega and I know why. It’s going to be a crazy finish, and the race could play a big role in outcome of the championship this year.”

Of the 16 drivers in the Chase, half have gone to Gatorade Victory Lane at Talladega Superspeedway. They include: Jeff Gordon (6 wins), Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (5 wins), Jimmie Johnson (2 wins), Brad Keselowski (2 wins), Kevin Harvick (1 win), Kyle Busch (1 win), Denny Hamlin (1 win) and Matt Kenseth (1 win). Other Chase Challengers vying for the title include Logano, Carl Edwards, Kurt Busch, Kasey Kahne, Aric Almilora, AJ Allmendinger, Greg Biffle and Ryan Newman.

The number of championship drivers in contention for the title will decrease after every three Chase races – 12 after race No. 3 in the Challenger Round; eight after the GEICO 500 (race No. 6) in the Contender Round and four after Chase race No. 9 in the Eliminator Round. A win by a championship-eligible driver in any Chase race automatically clinches the winning driver a spot in the next round. Four drivers will enter the season finale with a chance for the Cup, with the highest finisher among the quartet the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion.

Tickets for the GEICO 500 (Oct. 19), as well as the fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (Oct. 18), are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 1-877-Go2-DEGA or logging onto www.talladegasuperspeedway.com.

NASCAR speeds back into Talladega Superspeedway October 17-19 for the GEICO 500 Sprint Cup Series race and fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola Camping World Truck Series event. NASCAR’s Most Competitive Track (record 88 lead changes in 188 laps), with the circuit’s steepest banking (33 degrees) and longest distance (2.66 miles), is also the most fun and fan-friendly, offering up hundreds of acres of free camping, amazing kids ticket prices and special offers for military members and college students. Talladega Superspeedway is NASCAR’s “Party Capital” thanks to the track’s infamous infield and world renowned Talladega Blvd. The historic venue has always worked hard to enhance the fan experience in every way and now features the most comfortable seats in motorsports, large video viewing boards (a new initiative planned for future implementation at all ISC tracks) lining the frontstretch and endless activities for fans throughout its event weekends. Log on to www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 877-Go2-DEGA for more information. This is more than a race, this is Talladega!

 

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